NASCAR & Auto Racing

Winner's payday for 50th Daytona 500? $1,445,250

Short takes from the Tuesday motorsports notebook:

  • The winner of this year’s Daytona 500 will collect at least $1,445,250 from a record total purse of $18,689,238. The 43rd-place finisher is guaranteed at least $233,865.
  • For an idea of how much NASCAR has grown, in 1990 the total purses available for 29 Cup races was $14,664,644.

  • Darlington Raceway will join the list of tracks offering “all you can eat” food and drink concession areas to its grandstands for its May 10 Dodge Challenger 500. Tickets start at $60 for adults for seats in the Colvin Grandstand in Turn 2 with unlimited hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks and snack items.
  • Fans who already have tickets or have seats in other areas can add the concession feature for $15 for adults and $10 per child under 12. The Colvin Grill area will be open two hours before the start of the race.

    Call (866) 459-RACE or go to to purchase the package.